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Schiff: Pelosi is 'absolutely right' on impeachment

Schiff: Pelosi is 'absolutely right' on impeachment”

House Democrats are split on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's pronouncement that she opposed impeachment because it is too divisive, and President Trump is "not worth" the effort.

"I'm going to move forward, obviously", said Rep. Rashida Tlaib during a closed-door meeting with fellow Democrats Tuesday.

In what may be a gesture of bipartisanship and a willingness to work with the fledgling Trump administration, Pelosi is assigning new office space to the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, the aide said. "And he's just not worth it".

CNN's Alex Rogers wrote: "Pelosi's comments published Monday are perhaps her strongest yet against the issue, but the speaker has signaled for months her resistance to pushing for impeachment".

Instead, the policy will be to bury the president in congressional investigations, such as the probe begun by Nadler last week when he sent letters to 81 different people and organizations requesting information - most of it already in the hands of special counsel Robert Mueller - about Trump's business dealings and other matters.

It's a departure from her previous comments that Democrats are waiting on special counsel Robert Mueller to lay out findings from his Russian Federation investigation before considering impeachment.

The remarks quickly sparked criticism of Pelosi from liberals on social media.

Pelosi's approach could also provide cover to some of her members, including freshmen who were elected in November from "red-to-blue" districts where impeachment is politically fraught.

A momentous question hanging over Washington is whether investigations into President Donald Trump will prompt the U.S. Congress to try to remove him from office through the impeachment process set out in the U.S. Constitution.

But the divide on impeachment is emerging as one less about ideology and more about pragmatism, with the not-ready-to-impeach camp arguing that the action would not succeed and could make things worse for both the Democratic Party and the nation. Two-thirds of Democratic voters say Congress should get the ball rolling on impeachment, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. I don't think he is.

She never said that she was slamming the door shut on the option of impeachment, but in her experience, and her often astute wiseness, she believes there is a better path to victory-and I trust her.

"No, I don't think he's fit to be President of the United States", Ms Pelosi told the Post, adding that he was "ethically unfit, intellectually unfit, curiosity-wise unfit".

"I think they will expose a lot of the illegal, corrupt and crimes that this president - that I believe that (have) existed and there will be sufficient proof to show that", he said.

Yet even as she made the case against a hasty impeachment, Pelosi said Trump was unfit for office when asked. We did not win on impeachment.

She also, unwisely, gives Republicans the ultimate escape hatch on impeachment.

By declaring Trump essentially unimpeachable, the House speaker gives future presidents the impunity to act as these choose, virtually without effect.

Democrats control the House today because they were able to win past year in places such as Orange County, Calif. "And it's not going to stop", said Democrat Representative Pramila Jayapal, a member of the House Judiciary Committee. Rather, she says, the investigations need to take their course and impeachment, if warranted, will be clear.



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